Dr James Irvine


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

My area of interest is resource management and security for wireless communication systems. In over 20 years at Strathclyde, I have co-authored 3 books, 7 patents and over 120 research papers, and worked on a very wide variety of projects, from consultancy for multi-national wireless operators to small local businesses, and working on small scale circuit design to giving evidence as an expert witness. For much of the past 15 years, I was an Academic Co-ordinator for research programmes in the Mobile VCE consortium of universities, operators and manufacturers, including ‘Software Based Systems’, the ‘Personal Distributed Environment’, and ‘Instant Knowledge’ - secure context-aware networks. I am currently Vice-Chair of the User Needs and Requirements Working Group of the Wireless World Research Forum, and am General Co-chair of IEEE VTC2015-Spring in Glasgow.

I am active volunteer in IEEE, currently chairing the Standards Education Committee and Conference Publications Committee, and well as being Vice-President for Publications of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. A Board member since 2002, I was VTS President 2008-9, and was a member of Educational Activities Board chairing the web portals Editorial Board and then Strategy Committee 2010-3.

On the teaching side, I am Course Director of the Computer and Electronic Systems degree which is run jointly by the EEE and Computer Science departments, which is quite appropriate as I studied on a similar inter-faculty course as an undergraduate.


Has expertise in:

    • Radio Resource Management;
    • Error Control Coding;
    • Wireless System Design;
    • 4G, 3G and 2G Wireless Systems;
    • Wireless Sensor Networks;
    • Wireless Health Monitoring;
    • Security Protocols for Wireless Networks;
    • Communications for Power Networks;
    • Privacy

Prizes and awards

UBICOMM - Best Paper Award
Distinguished Lecturer

More prizes and awards


Security analysis of IoT networks and platforms
Ugwuanyi Stephen, Irvine James
IEEE International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (2020)
UK coronavirus app expert verdict : strong privacy protection and added benefits
Paul Greig, Irvine James
The Security of 5G : Written Evidence Submitted by the University of Strathclyde
Paul Greig, Irvine James, Johnson Richard, Craig Anthony
NB-IoT testbed for industrial Internet of Things
Ugwuanyi Stephen, Hansawangkit Jidapa, Irvine James
IEEE International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (2020)
Using smartphones to enable low-cost secure consumer IoT devices
McPherson Ross, Irvine James
IEEE Access Vol 8, pp. 28607-28613 (2020)
Technology neutrality : exploring the interaction between International Mobile Telecommunication and national spectrum management policies
El-Moghazi Mohamed, Whalley Jason, Irvine James
Telecommunications Policy Vol 43, pp. 531-548 (2019)

More publications


EE579: Advanced Microcontroller Applications (Level 5 module, option for CES, EEE)

This module teaches advanced microcontroller and embedded system design, including assembly language, real time operating systems, and advanced interfacing. At the end of this course students must construct a stand-alone product, capable of working independently of the development system. Assessment is by project.

EE470: Information Transmission & Security (Level 4 module, option for EEE, CES, EME)

This module provides a foundation in communications theory, including information theory, coding theory, a background in discrete mathematics, algebraic coding theory, before investigating cryptographic techniques and protocols. Assessment is by coursework and exam.

EE805: Communications for Power Networks (Masters level module, CDT)

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a conceptual framework for analysing different communication networks used within the power industry (e.g. LANs, WANs, wireless networks and Internet). The course also introduces and discusses Industry standards as well as operational aspect of communications networks.

EE812: Cyber Security and Data Privacy (Masters level module, CDT)

The aim of this course is to provide students with an insight into the security requirements of power networks, the basic security primitives which can be used to provide protection to these networks, and and understanding of user security and privacy. The course covers the application of security processes to power networks and components, and also discusses case studies of attacks on industrial networks.

Research interests

Mobile communications has been my main area of research, with specific application to mobility, resource management and coding.  However, over the past few years I have been building up work in applications of mobile systems, in particular to assistive technologies and smart homes, and related and more general aspects of system security and privacy, in collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London. An important application of these technologies is in short range wireless networks (Personal Networks/Sensor Networks) between user devices, and a number of research programmes are now targeting this area with applications in health, system monitoring and vehicular networks.

Professional activities

IEEE International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications
IEEE Blockchain 2019
IEEE 5G Summit
Smart Meter Roll-out : Sharing the UK’s capabilities
Keynote/plenary speaker
ITU Standards Education Workshop
Invited speaker
2015 IEEE 81st Vehicular Technology Conference

More professional activities


The Scotland 5G Centre
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Crawford, David H (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
AGILE - Aggregators as diGital Intermediaries in Local Electricity markets: EPSRC/ESC Follow on Funding
Galloway, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Stephen, Bruce (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
5G Rural-First: Rural Coverage and Dynamic Spectrum Access Testbed and Trial
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Transactive Energy Supply Arrangements (ESC - P2P Energy)
Galloway, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator)
"In recent years there has been a huge investment in micro generation from both customers and small scale providers, particularly in residential PV. However, current metering arrangements are very basic, which limits the effectiveness of this investment.

If there was provision for neighbours to trade energy directly with each other, and be compensated for doing so, the true potential of this investment would be unlocked. Identifying the biggest issues for small scale energy providers is challenge, facilitating micro payments, more representative billing algorithms and time of day pricing would allow a provider to sell energy to local end-users.

The inclusion of energy storage could play a key role in developing a low-carbon energy systems, bringing flexibility and providing back-up to intermittent renewable generation sources. Understanding how storage is to be used locally would improve the management of distribution networks, reduce costs and improve efficiencies, supporting grid decarbonisation and off-setting the need for costly network investment.

Our research will inform on the obstacles and enablers for future energy supply arrangements at the local, decentralised and neighbourhood scales. Transacting directly with end users and producers deep down in the utility networks in an economically viable manner is currently a significant business and technological challenge with not all barriers well understood.

Through cross disciplinary research the TESA project will landscape the social, technical, regulatory, and design pathways to enable the future supply of energy to customers that will further stimulate investment in electricity generation both from small scale providers and customers themselves, reducing the nation's demands for large scale infrastructure investments."
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2017
Treegreen Smart Light
Irvine, James (Principal Investigator)
22-Jan-2017 - 07-Jan-2017
LED lights for plants : IAA
Martin, Robert (Principal Investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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